Adult

Mid-week adult discipleship ministries at FBC serve and equip men and women in their love and service to the Lord

Corporate Worship is important and a pivotal aspect in our faith walk, however the Lord never intended our fellowship with the body to be limited to an hour a week on Sunday morning. It is in the intimacy of our smaller group adult discipleship ministries where relationships are developed and God's people can walk side by side with each other, encouraging, challenging and helping each other become the disciples God has called us to be. Please, take a few minutes to read through the ministry descriptions below and make plans to get involved.

MEN'S DISCIPLESHIP INTENSIVE

The Purpose of MDI:

  • For God to build up the church into spiritual maturity (Christ-likeness) so that Christ may be glorified through us – Eph 4:13
  • To equip qualified men to better serve in various areas of ministry (i.e. marriage, family, church ministry)
  • Matthew 28:19-20 – To obey the command of the great commission in teaching disciples to observe everything that Jesus has commanded
  • 2 Timothy 2:2 – To obey the calling of scripture for pastors to teach the body the sound doctrine and practice which they have received and pass it down to others who will be able to teach the same

 Requirements to be apart of MDI:

  • Membership – you must be a member in good standing at First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids (FBC)
  • Attendance – you must be in regular attendance at all the stated meetings of FBC (SS, AM Worship) unless you have a legitimate excuse for failure to attend.
  • Devotions – must be regularly spending time communing with God through Scripture reading and prayer
  • Service – you must be serving in some capacity in the church
  • Support – you must have the support of your wife (if married)
  • Commitment – you must commit to attending all the MDI sessions (except for vacations and sickness) and doing all the required assignments
  • Accountability - There will be an attendance sheet with accountability questions each meeting, and if a person begins failing to meet the requirements a leader will follow up with them about whether they need to drop out of the group.

Meeting Agenda

  • Opening Prayer
  • Review and discussion of reading materials
  • Each week those in the training will be assigned a portion of a theological book and of the Bible.
    They will be encouraged to be methodical rather than rushed in their reading so as to absorb
    the material.
  • Those in the training will keep a ‘leadership journal’ in which they will record insights and questions they have from the reading (as well as notes from the discussion.) We want each person in training to write at least one insight or question from the theological book and one insight or question from the Bible reading to share with the group.
  • Sharing and prayer – personal life (spiritual life, marriage, family, work, evangelism, discipleship, church)

Outside Meeting Accountability

  • Each group will have a text group to keep each other up to date on prayer, insights into the curriculum and encourage one another.

2022-2023 Curriculum Schedule

  • August 25 – The Essential Means of Grace, Paul Washer [Chpt 1-3] and Jude

  • September 1 – The Essential Means of Grace, Paul Washer [Chpt 4-6] and Jonah

  • September 8 – Worship, The Ultimate Priority, John MacArthur [Chpt 1-4], Psalms 131-135

  • September 15 – Worship, The Ultimate Priority, John MacArthur [Chpt 5-8], Psalms 136-140

  • September 22– Worship, The Ultimate Priority, John MacArthur [Chpt. 9-12], Psalms 141-145

  • September 29 – Worship, The Ultimate Priority, John MacArthur [Chpt. 13-15], Psalms 146-150

  • October 6 – Let the Nations Be Glad, John Piper [Chpt 1-2], 1 Peter

  • October 13 – Let the Nations Be Glad, John Piper [Chpt 3-4], 2 Peter

  • October 20– Let the Nations Be Glad, John Piper [Chpt 5-6], 1 Timothy

  • October 27 – Let the Nations Be Glad, John Piper [Chpt 7], 2 Timothy

  • November 3 – Discipling, Mark Dever [Chpt. 1-4], 1 John

  •  November 10 – Discipling, Mark Dever [Chpt. 5-7], 2 John

  •  November 17 – Discipling, Mark Dever [Chpt. 8-10], 3 John

  •  November 24 – Holiday Break

  •  December 1 - Evangelism, Mack Stiles [Chpt. 1-2], James

  •  December 8 - Evangelism, Mack Stiles [Chpt. 3-4], Romans 1-8

  •  December 15 - Evangelism, Mack Stiles [Chpt. 5], Romans 9-16

  •  December 22 – Holiday Break

  •  December 29 – Holiday Break

  •  January 5 – Courageous churchman, Jerry Wragg [Chpt. 1-5], Nehemiah 1-6

  •  January 12 – Courageous churchman, Jerry Wragg [Chpt. 6-9], Nehemiah 7-13

  •  January 19 – Courageous churchman, Jerry Wragg [Chpt. 10-12], Daniel 1-6

  •  January 26– Courageous churchman, Jerry Wragg [Chpt. 13-14], Daniel 7-12

  •  February 2– Leading with Love, Alexander Strauch [Chpt. 1-4], Joshua 1-6

  •  February 9– Leading with Love, Alexander Strauch [Chpt. 5-9], Joshua 7-12

  •  February 16 – Leading with Love, Alexander Strauch [Chpt. 10-14], Joshua 13-18

  •  February 23 – Leading with Love, Alexander Strauch [Chpt. 15-18], Joshua 19-24

  •  March 2– A Guide to Biblical Manhood, Stinson and Dumas [Pg. 6-24], Mark 1-2

  • March 9 – A Guide to Biblical Manhood, Stinson and Dumas [Pg. 25-55], Mark 3-5

  •  March 16– A Guide to Biblical Manhood, Stinson and Dumas [Pg. 56-75], Mark 6-9

  • March 23– A Guide to Biblical Manhood, Stinson and Dumas [Pg. 76-99], Mark 10-12

  •  March 30– A Guide to Biblical Manhood, Stinson and Dumas [Pg. 100-112], Mark 13-16

  •  April 6– The Church, Mark Dever [Chpt. 1-4], Acts 1-3

  •  April 13– The Church, Mark Dever [Chpt. 5-8], Acts 4-6

  •  April 20– The Church, Mark Dever [Chpt. 9-12], Acts 7-10

  •  April 27– The Church, Mark Dever [Chpt. 13-15], Acts 11-14

  •  May 4– Word Centered Church, Johnathan Leeman [Chpt. 1-3], Acts 15-18

  •  May 11– Word Centered Church, Johnathan Leeman [Chpt. 4-6], Acts 19-22

  •  May 18– Word Centered Church, Johnathan Leeman [Chpt. 7-9], Acts 22-15

  •  May 25– Word Centered Church, Johnathan Leeman [Chpt. 10-11], Acts 26-28

  •  June 1– Church Membership, Johnathan Leeman [Chpt. 1-2], Ephesians 1-2

  •  June 8 – Church Membership, Johnathan Leeman [Chpt. 3-4], Ephesians 3-5

  • June 15– Church Membership, Johnathan Leeman [Chpt. 5-6], Philippians 1-2

  •  June 23– Church Membership, Johnathan Leeman [Chpt. 7], Philippians 3-5

  •  June 30– Church Membership, Johnathan Leeman [Chpt. 8], Colossians 1-2

  • July 7– Church Discipline, Johnathan Leeman [Chpt. 1-4], Colossians 3-4

  •  July 14– Church Discipline, Johnathan Leeman [Chpt. 5-8], 1 Thessalonians 1-2

  •  July 21– Church Discipline, Johnathan Leeman [Chpt. 9-12], 1 Thessalonians 3-5

  •  July 28– Church Discipline, Johnathan Leeman [Chpt. 13-16], 1 Corinthians 1-2

  • August 4– Men and Women: Equal Yet Different, Alexander Strauch [Chpt 1-2], 1 Corinthians 3-4

  • Aug 11– Men and Women: Equal Yet Different, Alexander Strauch [Chpt. 3-4], 1 Corinthians 4-8

  • Aug 18– Men and Women: Equal Yet Different, Alexander Strauch [Chpt. 5], 1 Corinthians 9-12

  •  Aug 25– Men and Women: Equal Yet Different, Alexander Strauch [Chpt. 6], 1 Corinthians 13-16

Contact Pastorjohn@fbcofer.org if you are interested in learning more and discussing your possible participation in MDI

WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
Every Wednesday morning, from 7am-8am., join the men of FBC as they study through different books of the Bible and challenge eachother in the discernment and application of God's Word.

For questions or more information contact pastorjohn@fbcofer.org

Starting in October 2022 there will be various women's groups meeting across Eaton Rapids for the purpose of studying the Old Testament scriptures and growing together in our love and knowledge of the Lord. 

This study will carry us through to late 2023 and we hope to emerge from it with a fuller and richer understanding of God's Word and how every part of it is purposeful, inerrant and points forward to the Messiah that has come in Jesus Christ. 

The study material being used is entitled Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament by Nancy Guthrie http://seeingjesusintheoldtestament.com/

If you are interested in joining a woman's Bible study group, please email firstbaptistchurch@fbcofer.org so we can connect you with a group!

Connect Groups are a great place for building relationships with others in the church body. Right now we have 5 Connect Groups meeting across the Eaton County area at various times. Each group is comprised of 10-14 individuals who are committed to meeting regularly, studying the Word together, and doing life together in fellowship and community.

Click here to express your interest in joining a group